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Romney and Santorum Shine in Final Florida Debate

12:30 AM, Jan 27, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Santorum was also strong on foreign policy and the role of faith in public life. He criticized Gingrich and Romney for "distracting from the most important issues we have" by "playing petty personal politics." As the last candidate to deliver closing remarks, his blistering critique of Romney and Gingrich went without rebuttal. 

"I agree with the previous two speakers that this is a big election. This is an election about fundamental freedom. It's about who America is going to be. Are we a country that's going to be built great from the bottom up, as our founders intended, or from the top down?" he asked. "I just think I'm a lot better than the previous two speakers to be able to make that case to the American people. I'm not for a top- down government-run health care system. I wasn't for the Wall Street bailouts like these two gentlemen were."

"Cap and trade -- both of them bought into the global warming hoax, bought into the cap and trade, top-down control of our energy and manufacturing sector," he continued. "The center point of my campaign is to be able to win the industrial heartland, get those Reagan Democrats back, talking about manufacturing, talking about building that ladder of success all the way down so people can climb all the way up. That's why I'm the best person to be able to go out and win the states that are necessary to win this presidency and govern with the mandate that Newt just talked about."

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